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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Red Cross Halloween Safety Tips for Children & Adults

Halloween Safety Ghost Safety Tips from the Red Cross

With witches, goblins, and super-heroes descending on neighborhoods across America, the American Red Cross offers parents some safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday. Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun.

Halloween Safety Tips

  • Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street.

  • Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms.

  • Cross the street only at corners.

  • Don't hide or cross the street between parked cars.

  • Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and brooms, too!)

  • Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you.

  • Carry a flashlight to light your way.
  • Keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flamable.)

  • Visit homes that have the porch light on.

  • Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.

  • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes. [Or make sure that your mask eye holes are wide enough for visibility.]

  • Be cautious of animals and strangers.

  • Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. And don't eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.
    Halloween Safety Pumpkins

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